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August 15, 2014, 4:15 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to deliver Windows ‘Threshold’ tech preview around late September  —  Summary: Microsoft is aiming to make available a technology preview of Windows Threshold around late September or early October.  —  Microsoft is aiming to deliver a “technology preview” of its Windows “Threshold” …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Wayfair, the Online Furniture Seller, Files for IPO  —  Wayfair, the online home goods company that built its business for nearly a decade with no outside funding, is planning to go public, according to paperwork filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
More: Fortune and VentureBeatTweets: @delrey
Casey Newton / The Verge:
SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: “all about scale”, but will remain independent  —  Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung?  —  Making every home a smart home  —  It was just two years ago that home-automation company SmartThings began life as a Kickstarter project.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row  —  Piling onto Apple's anti-poaching courtroom saga, a new lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of shareholders for financial losses related to alleged misconduct by senior directors, including late cofounder Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Rocket Internet sells 10.7% stake to United Internet for 435m euros, giving it a 4.3b euro post-money valuation  —  This just in: German Internet services juggernaut United Internet is to become startup incubator Rocket Internet's latest shareholder, as it has agreed to acquire a 10.7 percent stake for a total of 435 million euros.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter  —  The Cable Guys Have Become the Internet Guys  —  The cable TV business hit an important milestone last month: It turned into the Internet business.  —  Last quarter, for the first time ever …
More: Quartz, The Verge, VentureBeat and GigaomTweets: @b_fung
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North  —  Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures.  The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part …
More: Re/codeTweets: @kevinroseThanks:@kylebrussell
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Profile of Gavin Andresen, who succeeded Satoshi Nakamoto as Bitcoin Core's chief developer  —  Meet Gavin Andresen, the Most Powerful Person in the World of Bitcoin  —  In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions about virtual currency outside his suburban home in Temple City, California.
Thanks:@srikardr
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
U.S. Deputy CTO Nicole Wong is leaving the White House  —  U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nicole Wong, who focused on privacy and big data issues, is leaving the White House a little more than a year after joining the Obama administration.  Wong's last day is Friday …
More: The Hill
Bloomberg:
China Mobile cutting $2B or 38% in phone subsidies after government tells carriers to do so  —  China Mobile Surges on Planned $2 Billion Cut in Subsidy  —  China Mobile Ltd. (941) rose to the highest in six years after saying it will cut $2 billion from the subsidies that help consumers …
More: Bloomberg
Laura Stampler / TIME:
Facebook: 1.2M unique ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted, and 15M people discussed it  —  This Is How Many Ice Bucket Challenge Videos People Have Posted on Facebook  —  Hint: It's more than a million.  —  If you thought that the only thing on your Facebook Newsfeed right now was videos …
John Kell / Fortune:
Supervalu warns that payment card data from 200+ of its grocery stores may have been stolen  —  Supervalu warns card data may have been stolen  —  Supervalu on Friday warned its computer network was hacked and the intrusion could potentially have led to the theft of payment card data used at more than 200 grocery stores.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Delivery Hero Joins The $1B Valuation Club As It Gobbles Rival Pizza.de  —  On the heels of Rocket Internet's food delivery service FoodPanda taking another $60 million in funding, its German rival Delivery Hero is also stepping up its game in a consolidation play.

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Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
Amazon Web Services:
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